December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…

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July 14, 2006

Dondolo - Dragon

Tracks like this give punkfunk/discorock its piss-poor reputation. I’m glad Dondolo’s heard “Shack Up” too but that doesn’t mean he needs to tell everybody with his own famished, probably unfinished, sub-ringtone quality take on it. When they should slice like knives, those rhythm guitar strokes hit like paper cuts. The cowbell’s utterly charmless, which is a feat, and the “funky” bassline sounds so forced, so unnatural, a veritable square into the circle hole. Neo-disco flavor of the month Brennan Green does Dondolo a solid by streamlining the mess into bare requisites, giving it a proper breakdown, treating the snare hits with reverb, rewriting the guy’s bassline, etc., etc., etc. so the track’s passable, but he could only do so much without hurting the guy’s feelings. Shit Robot has fewer scruples. While his bass goes upfront overdriven and hiccuping, he turns the rest of Dondolo’s turd into technicolor: a miraculous glaze of old movie theater MGM horn drones, complete with the doppler-like shifts in tone, though the disco melancholy’s intact. There’s a reason they gave Robot the whole back side.

Tiny Sticks / stick 006
[Nick Sylvester]